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Anahita Temple

Listed under Archaeological Sites in Kangavar, Iran.

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Ionic columns and Persian design have caused confusion over the purpose and origins of this ancient Iranian structure. Large pieces of stone have been cut and slotted together like a jigsaw, such was the style in Iran during the period 550 to 350 BC, into a huge single platform 210 metres by 230 metres lined by the remnants of the pillars and originally covered by a colonnade. Two staircases lead up to the main platform and smaller verandas lead off to satellite pavilion like platforms. Some of the scholars who worked on the excavation believe it lacks the layout of a temple and must therefore be a palace. Myths about the structure include that it was originally covered in gold with tiles of silver on the floor. Anahita, who the structure may have been built in honour of was a female water guardian also goddess of beauty, fecundity and fertility in ancient Iran. The other smaller site and temple to Anahita is near Bishapur.

Written by  Roy Adelwood.

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